Learn a Skill

Troop 80 is in the wilderness a lot. There are always new skills to learn to keep trips safe, adventurous, and fun. Here is a list of skills we practice.

Comprehensive videos on all backpacking skills. Everything from gear and food, to fire building and river crossing. www.cleverhiker.com

Knots animated with great pictures. Climbing, tarp setting, survival are all important categories.

Setting tarps 25 different ways. We rarely use self standing tents.

Orienting a map and compass. Learn to paste the map to the surface of the earth.

First Aid is a big topic. We train in a hands on environment.

Fire Starting in Harsh Weather. Practice in difficult conditions so you’re ready.

Knife Choice and Care. Be safe, practical, and prepared.

Dehydrating Food. We dry a lot of our own food so our packs are light and delicious.

Great Backpacking Recipes

Backpacking Magazine has great resources here

Section Hiker - general information for backpacking

Topo maps from caltopo